Bill Barr Says Trump 'Went Off the Rails' After 2020 Election

Former Attorney General William Barr said former President Donald Trump "went off the rails" after he lost the 2020 presidential election during an interview on TODAY Monday morning.

Barr, who resigned in December 2020 after declaring the Justice Department found no evidence of fraud in the election, escalated his criticisms of the former president in recent weeks ahead of the release of his new book, One Damn Thing After Another, where he accused Trump of "caring only about" himself by the end of his presidency.

During the interview, host Savannah Guthrie asked him about why he decided to come out and share his criticisms of Trump.

"I was pretty content with the administration up until the election. I supported his policies. He was always hard to work with and resistant to advice, but you could usually keep things on track," he responded. "But after the election, he went off the rails and wouldn't listen to anybody."

He said that after the election, Trump only listened to a "coterie of sycophants" who only told him what he wanted to hear, adding, that he believes he did "a lot of damage" by claiming the election was stolen and by "rallying" the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

He added that Trump was told for the year leading up to the election that he could lose because he "alienated independent and Republican voters in the suburbs."

Still, Barr declined to rule out voting for Trump again in 2024 should he be the Republican nominee—though he plans to support somebody else in the GOP primary.

"Because I believe that the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party; it's inconceivable to me that I wouldn't vote for the Republican nominee," he said.

During an NBC News interview Sunday night, Barr said he would be willing to cooperate with the House Select committee investigating the riot, and that he believes that Trump was responsible for it "in the broad sense."

"If they felt there was some area that was within their purview that I could be helpful, then I would certainly try to cooperate," he said.

In a letter to sent to NBC News by Trump—posted to Twitter by his spokesperson Liz Harrington—the former president wrote that Barr "cares more about being accepted by the corrupt Washington Media and Elite than serving the American people."

"Bill Barr was a big disappointment to me as Attorney General, he was afraid to act, and usually didn't," Trump wrote in the letter.

Newsweek reached out to the office of former President Trump for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

Barr says Trump went "off the rails"
Former Attorney General Bill Barr, seen above in December 2020, said former President Donald Trump went “off the rails” after losing the 2020 election. Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images